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Carolyn Abbs Carolyn Abbs i(A140797 works by)
Born: Established:
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
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Carolyn Abbs is a Western Australian poet. She earned a PhD from Murdoch University where she taught in the School of Arts for a number of years.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2019 finalist The Joanne Burns Award
2016 shortlisted Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript for ‘The Tiny Museums’, a volume of poems that ‘mines the spaces between deep time and now; between geographies, forms of expression, and a range of doublings and mirrors’. (UWAP announcement)
2014 commended Karen W Treanor Poetry Awards Open Category for First Memory

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Tiny Museums Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2017 11947023 2017 selected work poetry

'Praise for The Tiny Museums

'This richly imagined and sensuous collection understands human longing. It vividly conjures childhood, and presents adulthood as a series of sometimes haunted negotiations between past and present. A number of poems also conjure dynamic visions of works of art. For Carolyn Abbs, apprehending the world is often a matter of seeing and touching what she knows. She addresses deep issues through making complex linguistic textures and evoking intimate poetic registers. PAUL HETHERINGTON

'Carolyn Abbs deftly creates the world of her book through a phenomenological approach. Elegant layers of textures, colours, sounds and movement invite the reader into numerous exchanges between the past and the present. In this way, her sensibility is painterly but it’s a Northern light in her poems reminiscent of the crisp mysteries of a Vermeer painting. Abbs’s poems dealing with family grief are centrepieces of the book and admirable in their ability to move the reader without overt sentimentality. Along with a skilled attentiveness to the ways in which sound moves through a line, this beautifully modulated emotional intelligence is a very great strength of her poetry. Via The Tiny Museums she bestows on her readers ‘a kind of overgrown underground’. LUCY DOUGAN' (Publication summary)

2016 highly commended Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
Above a Seedy Bridal Shop i "You never know what to expect in a holiday let", 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: Rabbit , Autumn no. 12 2014; (p. 51-52) Axon : Creative Explorations , November vol. 5 no. 2 2015;
2013 commended Karen W Treanor Poetry Awards Open Category
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